02 April 2021
Rumors on the new iPad Pro are on the rise but nothing is confirmed yet. However, something substantial has been found that gives strong support to all those rumors build up.
The folks over at 9to5Mac were able to spot a few references to a new chip “A14X” in the latest iOS 14.5 beta 5 updates. There is not a direct mention of the chip name. But the sleuths were able to conclude it logically. The code shows references to GPU which is internally codenamed “13G.” As pointed out, this chip name hasn’t been used by any currently available iOS devices.
Based on the previous naming schemes found on iOS, the “13G” reference is for the A14X, a variant of the A14 Bionic chip used in iOS devices. Furthermore, MacRumors was also able to confirm the existence by stating that its contributor found direct mentions of the A14X GPU in the beta as well.
So, it is now crystal clear that we’re seeing a reference to an entirely new chip that might introduce on iPad Pro, the only iOS device that is rumored to launch in the first half of this year. Also, the iOS 14.5 beta 5 shows code names that are likely for the unreleased iPads – J517, J518, J522, and J523.
The report from 9to5Mac claims that the A14X is based on the T8103, the code name for the M1 chip used in the Apple silicon Macs. This somehow backs the report from Bloomberg where it was stated that the upcoming iPad Pro could deliver performance equivalent to that of M1-powered MacBooks.
Apple is expected to launch new iPad Pro models as soon as April. According to rumors, the iPad Pro could feature Thunderbolt connectivity, improved camera technology, and a mini-LED display for the 12.9-inch model.